Henderson places sixth at NSU classic

CATOOSA, Okla. — Harding junior golfer Emily Plyler shot a 75 in the second round of the 15th Annual NSU Golf Classic and tied for fourth overall at 151. The Lady Bisons placed sixth of 11 teams after shooting 17 strokes better in the second round than in Monday’s opening round.

After shooting 341 in round one, Harding shot 324 in round two and finished at 665. Arkansas Tech won the event with a score of 609, 10 strokes better than second-place Southwestern Oklahoma.

Harding junior Brittany Marquez finished 13th, shooting 159. Freshman Allyson Springer tied for 38th at 176, sophomore Lani Schwartz was 43rd at 179, and freshman Charles Ann Freeman was 48th at 191.

The Lady Bisons’ next action is Oct. 7-8 at the University of Central Oklahoma Broncho Classic in Oklahoma City.

Cross Country

HU’s Evans, Zaborowska sweep GAC weekly honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Harding’s Andrew Evans and Ewa Zaborowska earned the Great American Conference’s Cross Country Male and Female Runners of the Week honors for the second week of action, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Evans (Sr., Rogers, Ark.) scored his first career individual victory as he won the Gulf Coast Stampede by almost 24 seconds. He finished the 8K course in 25:54.9. He helped the Bisons win the meet by 18 points.

Zaborowska (Jr., Wejherowo, Poland) claimed her third career cross country victory as she dominated at the Gulf Coast Stampede. She beat the field by almost 24 seconds as she finished with a time of 18:25.3. As a squad, the Lady Bisons earned a team victory, winning by 16 points.

UALR wins, Lady Trojans place fourth at invite

LITTLE ROCK — After a tremendous opening weekend to the season that saw the UALR men’s cross country team win the Gerald Richey Invite and the women take fourth place, the Sun Belt Conference coaches honored two Trojans with the Runner of the Week Award.

UALR sophomore George Gathuru — a junior college transfer who won the NJCAA national championship last year — won the Gerald Richey Invite as an individual, outpacing his closest competition by eight seconds on the four-mile course. Gathuru was racing in his first ever cross country event at the Division 1 level after a year at Cloud County Community College in Kansas.

Joining Gathuru as Runner of the Week was UALR sophomore Emma Dahl. Dahl finished third at the Gerald Richey Invite and was the highest finisher among Sun Belt competition. The only athletes who finished ahead of her were from the American Athletic Conference. Dahl was instrumental in getting the Trojans a fourth-place finish as a team, and she finished a full 16 seconds ahead of her closest competition from the Sun Belt.

Wednesday marked the first time since October 2011 that a UALR cross country athlete was named the Sun Belt’s Runner of the Week.

The Trojans are off this week but will take on the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville next weekend.